Grand Opening Celebration for RITís B.Thomas Golisano College May 2




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Festivities feature interactive presentation by "virtual reality" expert Jaron Lanier

Rochester Institute of Technology announces the grand opening of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the largest comprehensive computing college in the nation.

The milestone will be commemorated during an on-campus celebration at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 2, in Building 70 of RITís Henrietta campus. Albert Simone, RIT president, and B. Thomas Golisano, chairman and CEO of Paychex Inc., will participate in the ceremony. Creation of the new college was made possible by a $14 million gift from Golisano.

Highlighting the festivities will be a larger-than-life, multimedia presentation by Jaron Lanier, known for his pioneering work in virtual reality. A talented computer scientist, composer, visual artist and author, Lanier will use real and virtual instruments to lead a musical tour of virtual worlds.

A reception and open house will immediately follow the ceremony. Tours of the collegeís new three-story, 126,000-square-foot facility will be availableówhich includes a look inside its 31 computer laboratories, equipped with more than 1,000 workstations. Classes in the new building began with the start of RITís spring quarter in early March.

RITís B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and information technology and an undergraduate program in software engineering. RIT was the first university to offer undergraduate degrees in information technology and software engineering.

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